Conway Historical Society / Conway NH
THE YEAR 1905
This will boggle your mind,
The year is 1905.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1905:

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was
47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily
populated than California.

With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most
populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!  


The average wage in the U.S. was
22 cents per hour.

The average U.S. worker made between  $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at
home.

Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had no  college education.

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost
four cents a pound.

Eggs were
fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was
fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair
once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.  

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into
their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death in the U.S.
were:
         1.. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3.
Diarrhea
        
4. Heart disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and
Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacist said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."(Shocking!)

Eighteen percent of households in the U.S.  had at least one full-time
servant or domestic help.

There were about
230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
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